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A PHOTO FINISH
Ariana-Drake battle is down to the wire. (5/27a)
BRUNO STAYING
WITH WME
The CAA-WME conflict just hit a new level of intensity. (5/27a)
CHERRYTREE GOES INDIE WITH ADA
Whaddaya wanna do tonight, Marty? (5/27a)
NEWCOMER JOHNSON, CLEAN BANDIT MOVE U.K. WITH "TEARS"
SYCO has just launched another prospective career artist. (5/27a)
HISTORY LESSON: DARK SIDE OF THE MENON
The erudite onetime Capitol ruler had a way with words. (5/27a)
WINNING WITH WINDOWING
Formulas that work.
PUB WINNERS
The songs that go boom.
MANAGERS TALK ARTIST DEVELOPMENT
You know, because they're the ones who do it.
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A PHOTO FINISH
Ariana-Drake battle is down to the wire. (5/27a)
BRUNO STAYING
WITH WME
The CAA-WME conflict just hit a new level of intensity. (5/27a)
CHERRYTREE GOES INDIE WITH ADA
Whaddaya wanna do tonight, Marty? (5/27a)
NEWCOMER JOHNSON, CLEAN BANDIT MOVE U.K. WITH "TEARS"
SYCO has just launched another prospective career artist. (5/27a)
HISTORY LESSON: DARK SIDE OF THE MENON
The erudite onetime Capitol ruler had a way with words. (5/27a)
WINNING WITH WINDOWING
Formulas that work.
PUB WINNERS
The songs that go boom.
MANAGERS TALK ARTIST DEVELOPMENT
You know, because they're the ones who do it.
RUMOR MILL
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5/27/16

Republic’s Ariana Grande and labelmate Drake remained neck-and-neck to the wire for the #1 spot on the HITS SPS chart, with Drake holding a lead of a mere 2k. 


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bruno
5/27/16

The scorched-earth policy of William Morris Endeavor’s John Marx with respect to Bruno Mars has been effective, as the superstar will remain at WME rather than defecting to CAA. Mars’ decision to stay with WME follows a tumultuous episode involving...


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5/27/16

Epic's Fifth Harmony will have the #1 song at Top 40 as "Work From Home" (SYCO) ascends to the top, while YMCMB/Republic's Drake successfully fends off G.O.O.D./Def Jam's Desiigner for #1 at Rhythm and at Modern Rock, The Lumineers are on pace to be the new #1 with "Ophelia" (Dualtone)...


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Paradise Cove
5/27/16

Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton, two artists with much in common, including TV stardom and a chart competition, are locked in the two top slots in HITS List, your set of 10 talking points for the three-day weekend. 


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FameHouse
5/27/16

Universal Music Group has acquired digital marketing agency Fame House from SFX Entertainment. CEO and founder Mike Fiebach and Eric Hahn, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, will continue to lead the agency, reporting to UMG EVP/CFO Boyd Muir and EVP Michele Anthony.


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5/27/16

In another sampling of our recent special issue History of the Music Biz: The Mike Sigman Interviews, we explore how Bhaskar Menon, then head of Capitol, broke Pink Floyd in the U.S.


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skylar and martin
5/27/16

Martin Kierszenbaum's Cherrytree Records will be exclusively distributed through Warner Music Group’s ADA as it begins to operate as a wholly independent operation...


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tears
5/27/16

The new track from Atlantic’s Clean Bandit and SYCO’s X Factor 2015 winner Louisa Johnson, “Tears,” which has rocketed to #9 on the iTunes U.K. singles chart less than 24 hours, has the makings of the British summer anthem of 2016.


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5/27/16

Columbia Nashville has tapped Shane Allen to develop and oversee radio promo plans for the label’s roster. He starts his job as Senior Vice President Promotion on Tuesday (5/31).


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odom
5/26/16

Leslie Odom, Jr., the Tony-nominated co-star of musical-theater phenomenon Hamilton (he plays Aaron Burr), is about to step out with a solo album on Steve Greenberg’s S-Curve. The self-titled set, due 6/10, goes into pre-order on Friday (5/27). Odom wraps his estimable pipes around “Autumn Leaves,” “Brazil” and other timeless standards...


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5/26/16

Spotify's innovative Discover Weekly personalized playlist has drawn 40 million unique users since launching in July—that’s more than half of the service’s claimed 75m active users—while that vast constituency has streamed north of 5 billion tracks.

 


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wme
5/26/16

Word has that the war between William Morris Endeavor and CAA has seriously escalated in the wake of Bruno Mars' decision to defect (he has since changed his mind and will stay at WME). The situation has grown increasingly ballistic following Lady Gaga and Rage Against the Machine flipping to CAA and Maroon 5’s ankling from CAA to WME, with the Mars drama taking the conflict to Defcon 1. 


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5/26/16

Windowing—a term long used by the film industry—has been adapted by the music business to denote the granting of exclusives to premium streaming services. In his latest column, our industry insider details some of the iterations of windowing that the majors are experimenting with in their efforts to maximize streaming’s vast potential. 


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5/26/16

Kent Jones—signed to DJ Khaled's Epic imprint, We The Best—is the newest addition to our Vibe Raters roundup of buzzing artists poised to break. His breakout smash, "Don't Mind," is currently spinning at Rhythm, Urban and Pop radio. Learn more here before he hits the stratosphere. That said, we'd like to point out that at HITS, we have forearm tattoos similar to Jones', except they read "WE THE WORST."


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5/26/16

What will be the song of summer? Pandora has fired up the grill, put the umbrellas in the Mai Tais and pushed play on their predictions for the summer’s top jams. The list features household names (both Justins, Rihanna, Drake, Meghan), recent breakouts (Desiigner, Chainsmokers) and a couple of newcomers...


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5/26/16

The resale of tickets in the U.K. has been a subject of much ire in recent years. Today, a new report could see the market in Blighty come under much stricter regulations in the future, and a number of high-profile British execs have pledged their support. 


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Jon Platt
5/26/16

On 6/4, as part of the Midem Keynote Series, Warner/Chappell chief Jon Platt will be featured in conversation with hit songwriter Justin Tranter (Justin Bieber's “Sorry,” Selena Gomez’s “Hands to Myself,” DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean,” Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries”). It’ll be Platt’s his first speaking engagement since being appointed Chairman/CEO in October. 


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5/26/16

May 26 is the day Donald Trump officially secured the Republican presidential nomination—but less alarmingly, it’s also the day Miles Davis would’ve turned 90. To commemorate the occasion, Legacy Recordings and Polygraph are launching The Universe of Miles Davis, a website visualizing Miles’ ongoing cultural impact and importance.  


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iheartDNCE
5/26/16

During the iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party at Miami Beach’s storied Fontainebleau, Republic’s DNCE celebrate the double-platinum status of their “Cake by the Ocean” by posing with some biz types—all of whom have already had enough mojitos to fill the hotel pool. Seen wondering if label prexy Chopper Charlie Walk is OK to pilot the whirlybird are...


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5/25/16

The incredibly tight battles for both Sales Plus Streaming and Album chart supremacy continue today, with Ariana Grande dueling Drake for the SPS title and Blake for the album-sales #1.  An increase in streaming activity since the weekend has driven up...


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@littlebigtown hooks up with @Pharrell, magic ensues: https://t.co/fdo8ar2gs3 @NBCTheVoice @iTunes #OneOfThoseDays https://t.co/GD0zy3ow5U
.@S_C_ & @Beyonce's collaborative album (and response to #LEMONADE) is supposedly complete & coming soon: https://t.co/G32TEfLtY8 @TIDALHiFi
RT @ColumbiaRecords: It's here! Watch @Adele's visual for her new single #SendMyLove at https://t.co/gRpm1UdqO7 https://t.co/ZjUds6zSXe
It's looking like a battle for #1 on both the HITS SPS & album charts this week: https://t.co/GfFL8E8dUn @blakeshelton @ArianaGrande @Drake
.@UMG & @SonyMusicGlobal face off over @Harry_Styles: https://t.co/QLrUXTWHQh @CapitolRecords @Polydor @jefezoff #Directioners @onedirection
RT @JonesJourno: U.K. midweeks: @ArianaGrande in Blighty @HITSDD https://t.co/CvBGOTmY5n
RT @JonesJourno: David Joseph and Max Lousada discuss BBC Radio shake-up @HITSDD https://t.co/1y3o9cJ7zi
RT @JonesJourno: Who's seen that @Adele £90m @TheSun story? It's not quite correct, read why @HITSDD https://t.co/c5rKdJJkSR
RT @JonesJourno: .@Drake scores second UK chart double @HITSDD, and there's news of changes to the @officialcharts eligibility rules https://t.co/vQg49dGdDR
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